Apple iLife '11 full review is in

Read CNET's Apple iLife '11 full review to find out what's new, what's not, and whether the long-awaited upgrade to the software suite is worth your $49.

iLife '11 box

There's a lot to like about iLife '11, Apple's just-updated suite of media sharing and editing applications. We got our grubby mitts on it last week, and posted the full review on Friday.

Click here to read it.

Apple had a long history of releasing a new version of the suite every January for four years, then it was six months late for the '08 version before getting back on track for '09. This version comes a year and nine months off that cycle. The big question you're probably wondering is whether it was worth the wait?

The short answer is yes, but if you were itching for updates to iDVD or iWeb, you'll be disappointed. Just three of the applications--iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand--were given new features in iLife '11. iDVD and iWeb remain untouched since the last version, which would be more of a pain point except for the fact that Apple has cut the price of the software by $20, down to $49, and $6.99 for those who bought a Mac within the last several weeks.

At its core, Apple's updates to iLife '11 are definitely more evolutionary than revolutionary, with all three of the updated apps looking much like they did in '09. However, new to the table are some advanced features that have been added without over-complicating things. There are also more ways to fix your digital media after it's been recorded--be it video you're cutting in iMovie, or audio tracks in GarageBand.

Read the full review to find out more about what's new, what's different, and what makes it worth the upgrade.

About the author

Josh Lowensohn joined CNET in 2006 and now covers Apple. Before that, Josh wrote about everything from new Web start-ups, to remote-controlled robots that watch your house. Prior to joining CNET, Josh covered breaking video game news, as well as reviewing game software. His current console favorite is the Xbox 360.

 

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